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Canada loves Mexico; tourist visits up 10%

Cruise ship arrivals are also on the rise: 15% more expected this year

Tourism officials estimate that 1.92 million Canadian tourists visited Mexico last year, a 10% increase over 2016.

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The numbers have been trending upward since 2014, but it was only single-digit growth until 2017. By the end of 2018, year-on-year growth is expected to be 11.8%, for a total of 2.1 million visitors traveling to Mexico from Canada.

Nearly 40% of the visitors — 726,000 — were from Toronto, and their numbers are expected to surpass 803,000 this year.

Favorite destinations for Canadians are Cancún and the greater Riviera Maya region, getting 55% of all visits. Mexico City was next at 24%, followed by Puerto Vallarta-Nayarit with 10%.

Los Cabos was the destination of choice for 4% Cozumel and Huatulco each attracted 2%.

It was not reported how many Canadians opted to visit Mexico on board a cruise ship but over 3,000 arrivals are expected this year, an increase of as much as 15% when compared with 2017 figures, according to Ruth Leal, sales and marketing international manager at Princess Cruises.

She said her company allocated six ships for the Mexican Caribbean last year, and that one of them has now been permanently assigned this year for the first time.

According to Leal, Princess Cruises passengers from Europe, South America and Japan increasingly seek out the 17 destination ports in Mexico.

An increase is also expected in the domestic market as fares are the lowest they’ve been in the firm’s history, making them accessible to a greater number of customers.

Source: El Economista (sp)

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  • Roy S

    It’s because the Canadian peso has some value in Mexico.

    • Hailey Mannering

      And many Canadians will be considering buying housing, which is overall much less expensive in Mexico.

      • MortimerSnerd

        Hailey, I took a shell of a house, and made a new 2 bedroom suite complete with gas stove, frig, air con, new septic, comfy beds and a solar hot water system for showers. It isn’t super fancy, but Mexico nice and It cost me maybe $7000 total, almost everything except the frig is new new. Compare that to Canada. I would pay $7000 just for the municipal permits, then it would cost me easy $60,000 or more for the $100/hr tradesmen to do the work. Here I pay a tradesman $35 a day.

        • Silvia Gonzalez

          Exactly. I have lived 11 years in Mexico in a mansion. Cost me 100 grand. 11 bedrooms. Let the idiots be slaves to the jobs in the U.S.

          • MortimerSnerd

            Silvia, people might say I am “going colonial” … I call it more survival from the pervasive and expensive nanny state system NOB we have suffered under… everything so controlled, everything so organized. People are trained NOB to slave away like lemmings, many in cubicle hell, working for some selfish pasty faced micro-manager. All the while commuting an hour or more each way back and forth to work from the ‘burbs, often in gridlock traffic. Thanks but no thanks… Mexico, for all it’s warts and problems has a lot more to offer.

          • Hobgoblin238

            Agreed! Mexico is awesome. Much more freedom down here. If I want to put a pond in my backyard….I just do it. Without some jackass from the enviromental protection agency giving me a $40,000 ticket telling me to remove it either.

      • Pesobill

        Yes , plenty for sale and near zero buyers as most investors are smart enough to see a negative investment when they see one . Good luck ,you’ll need it .

        • Paul Wilkins

          You can`t generalize about the real estate market of “all” of Mexico ! Progreso Yucatan area is booming right now, for example. The price of land near the beach is double or triple what it was 5 months ago.

  • helenms

    and many (including me) will not consider spending a cent in the US until Trump and his ilk are gone. It would be immoral!

    • Roy S

      That’s funny. You seem angry. Glad you’ll save your money.

      • helenms

        of course! Who isn’t angry and scared?! I’m spending my $ in Mexico. Mexico has many faults but it’s not endangering the whole planet……

        • Roy S

          I’m not. Maybe you should just save your money and try to find peace.

          • Paul Wilkins

            As she said, she`s going to Mexico instead. The US isn`t the only vacation destination.

        • Hailey Mannering

          In addition, US Immigration can be very problematic. To top it off, a significant element of US residents don`t want foreigners coming into US.

          • Ge0ffrey

            We make a distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Do you?

          • Paul Wilkins

            What does legal or illegal have to do with tourism or changing flights ?

          • Ge0ffrey

            I’m responding to Hailey Mannering’s comment, not to whatever you’re referring to.

          • Paul Wilkins

            I am referring to US Immigration, the same as Hailey is doing ! Non-US citizens are often given a hard time by US Immigration even when they are just wanting to enter the US to change flights or as tourists. That is what Hailey referred to. Why are you bringing up “illegal” or “legal”? Any way, it`s becoming a mute point as a smaller share of the Canadian tourism market is going to US now.

          • Pesobill

            Hailey ,If you had any brain functioning you would do some research and see the USA has nearly 1 Million LEGAL immigrants each year . Get a clue .

          • Paul Wilkins

            We know about your “illegals” ! The whole world does because US citizens feel they have the right to monopolize every online thread with that topic. Many countries have large problems with illegal immigration also, but they generally put in transit travellers into a special room. The US authorities, on the other hand, often sadistically harass travellers, whether they`re in transit or hoping to vacation in US. No problem: fewer Canadians even transit in the US now, let alone visit there. Can you US people sleep better at night now ?

      • Paul Wilkins

        Do you really think Canadians can`t go to places besides US ?

        • Roy S

          You misunderstood my comment. She can spend her money anyplace she wants. Or not. Just like us lower 48 folks.

    • j_b_spence

      I’d rethink that decision … from what I see there’ll be 2 terms for Trump, then one or two for Pence and then one or two for Ivanka (first woman prez!!!).
      By then, you’ll be 1) either too old to travel or 2) Canada will have collapsed
      and some provinces will have become states. Maybe you’ll be lucky not to live in one …

      • David Chapman

        helenms just can’t read the writing on the wall…..maybe this person needs new eye glasses….poor sole.

      • Paul Wilkins

        Many Canadians have learned they can get by just fine without ever going to USA.

    • Ge0ffrey

      I won’t spend a nickel in Canada as long as that Castro-loving, anti-Christian Trudeau remains in power.

      • Gary Blake

        and might I add he was part time high school drama teacher and flute player, prior to ruining, sorry I mean running Canada.

        • Paul Wilkins

          Justin Trudeau was a member of Parliament for a term prior to becoming Prime Minister.

    • Pesobill

      We thank you for not visiting …..ever …

      • Paul Wilkins

        The large number of obnoxious or xenophobic people in US is another reason to avoid USA.

        • Silvia Gonzalez

          And yet ole Pauly here would never consider to live in downtown Detroit or 80% black Baltimore…and he calls everyone else xenophobic. LOL

          • Paul Wilkins

            Downtown Detroit is a wonderful, upcoming place to live ! I would not live in US, but I`d live in Toronto which is 50% foreign born, 51% visible minority. I wouldn`t mind living in the parts of Toronto that are over 90% visible minority. My concerns aren`t about ethnicity, nor colour. I have n-o-t called “everyone else” xenophobic as you can see in my post above !

  • mae61274

    better than vacationing in over priced, over crowded boring US

    • Ge0ffrey

      Or boring and cold Canada with supercilious Canadians, for that matter.

    • Pesobill

      Glad to hear the stuffy people of CanaDuh are avoiding the USA with their meager Loonie .. Plenty of sun and cheap booze for you to drink your uber boring lives away …

  • MortimerSnerd

    Canada is overpriced with endless mindless rules and suffocating regulations, particularly in the national parks. The pasty faced, nanny state bureaucrats strive their best to suck the fun and life out of everything in Canada. This weekend I tossed big firecrackers at the stroke of midnight, part of our New Years celebrations… in Canada you would go to jail for doing that. In Mexico you purchase imported Canadian rye for $10 a bottle. And here the homeless don’t freeze to death in the streets while warm heated public buildings sit empty because of the selfish bureaucratic wrangling of insular officialdom.

  • Gary Blake

    WOA fellas, time to do some real economics, instead of Babynomics, Canadians are well renowned for their financial prowess, well OK all are damn cheap, sorry they are, get up and screw their shoes on. OK 40% are from Toronto, lets look at that, “All In” as the Canadians say, deals for 140 RT CANADIAN, (Cancun, Rivera Maya, you name it PV) not real money like the USD, and 5 or 7 nights. All in means meals and drinks, THIS is what gets the Canadian’s to Mexico, they go simply cause it is cheap, TOO CHEAP! AMERICANS are not offered those deals, (there are no travel agencies in the USA anymore, much less offering near FREE vacation packages) AT ALL! THEN THEY NEVER leave the “FREE” of their “All Inclusive” no restaurant off property sees one peso, nor one bar, as long as the slop bar “FREE” buffet is open at the hotel, and the tainted liquor keeps flowing.
    You couldn’t blast them out of “FreeLandia” at the hotel with Dynamite. Many of these flights are charters, and they have Sun wing, Hola Sun Vacations, offering unheard of prices.
    Recently Toronto to La Habana all in, 7 nights 230 CAD, AeroMexico to La Habana RT at that same time, no meals, no hotels 689 USD NOT CAD dollars! Canada loves cheap, NOTHING MORE!
    Jack these ridiculously low, heavily subsidized fares and hotel deals to reality, instant “Vacancy”

    • Gary Blake

      AND if I may so be bold as to add, I just checked, Denver to Mexico via AeroMexico RT, 1,388 usd RT, this IS NO hotel included, NO meals/drinks NO “CANDIAN” total free lunch, IF a single Canadian had to pay $$$$$$1,400 USD , $1,740 CAD, for a RT flight only to Mexico, not a damn one of em would be seen in Mexico, I rest my case!

      • Paul Wilkins

        This Canadian used to have to pay very high fares years back for long term stays in Mexico. Flights used to be expensive from Canada to Mexico before West Jet. There were still a lot of Canadians visiting and moving to Mexico.

        • Silvia Gonzalez

          And the expats have ruined Ajijic etc. with over paying for homes, over paying their gardener who makes more than an architect in Ajijic.

    • Paul Wilkins

      Many of these “cheap” Canadians end up in high end places such as San Miguel de Allende or other places without resorts such as Mexico City, Guad, Ajijic, Merida. A lot of Canadians clearly like Mexico aside from the price as they`re moving there in great numbers.

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